Skydive Athens caters to thrill-seeking sky-surfers with state-of-the-art technology and an experienced staff, offering bold patrons the adventure of a lifetime. Wind-resistant riders strap themselves to an experienced tandem master, climb to 10,000 feet—or for $10 more, experience a jump from 14,000 feet—in a specialized aircraft, and fling themselves toward the ground at speeds up to 120 mph. Passengers will experience 30–60 seconds of free fall, allowing plenty of time to blow the dust out of their antique smoking jackets. Tandem skydiving is perfect for any person seeking entry into the adrenaline-boosting world of airplane escape.
Only two years ago, SeaBloom Farms was an uninhabited patch of dry grass amidst the towering trees and trickling streams of rural Sugar Valley. Today, the farmland is completely transformed—a colorful world of thick corn mazes, fruitful pumpkin patches, and bright sunflowers. Hay wagons traverse the verdant grounds, bumbling past pine trees and crops carrying passengers of visiting families and friends. Come winter, the farm staff peddles its pines as Christmas trees and treats guests to holiday-themed attractions, including hot cider and Santa-led Zumba classes.
Paradise Rental Boats carefully curates fleets of Yamaha, Bayliner, and Sun Tracker boats, so that sun-kissed riders can jet across the sparkling waters of Indiana’s Lake Monroe and Georgia’s Lake Lanier and Lake Allatoona at their leisure. The company's vessels range from party barges and yachts—which hold groups of up to 26—to the smaller, two-person WaveRunner, whose highly responsive steering suits drivers trying to chase down and catch their fish dinner. Onboard radios and CD players let mariners groove to their favorite tunes, and the company also rents optional accessories for water sports, such as wakeboards, water skis, and artificial bait for licensed fishermen.
The American West stands frozen in time at Booth Western Art Museum, an Affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution. The bronze forms of cowboys and many of the Native Americans encountered by Lewis and Clark populate the sculpture court. At the hall's center stands Vic Payne's Eagle Catcher, a two-story sculpture that depicts a large eagle with its wings outstretched. Its talons lock with the arms of a Native American man who leans backwards as he grapples with the aviary predator—a symbol of the struggle for the American West.
The impressive sculpture is just one stop on the museum's tour, which takes visitors into a permanent collection that comprises more than a dozen galleries and temporary exhibit halls featuring as many as 12 exhibits each year that explore the west from the 1800s through present day. More than 100 traditional paintings and sculptures by the likes of Frederic Remington, Charles Russell, and George Catlin depict cowboys, Native American cultures, and breathtaking natural landscapes in the American West Gallery. Other spaces focus on the Civil War, while the Modern West Gallery interprets the western United States through abstract paintings and other contemporary forms by such artists as Nelson Boren, Thom Ross, and Ed Mell. Beneath the portraits of every U.S. president in the Carolyn and James Millar Presidential Gallery, personal letters written by the robotic arm of each leader humanize the lofty figures of American history.
In addition to exhibits, Booth Western Art Museum hosts adult art classes and seasonal events, such as April's "Civil War Comes Alive!", wherein visitors might stumble upon Abraham Lincoln mid-Gettysburg Address or spot soldiers firing cannons, and October's Southeastern Cowboy Festival & Symposium, which features Native American dancing, gun-fight reenactments, and a traditional western marketplace. Kids can savor hands-on history in Sagebrush Ranch, where a three-quarter-scale stagecoach, an authentic loom, real Western wear, and a bounty of other attractions await to grant little ones with an immersive educational experience.
Most farms house livestock, cornfields, and vegetable patches. But the crown jewel of Skydive the Farm’s 55 acres of property is something a little less typical: a Grand Caravan turbine-engine plane. Its Blackhawk engine modifications allow it to jet briskly to proper skydiving altitude, at which visitors leap out its doors and parachute to the farm’s spacious landing area. Adventurers can dive tandem-style, strapped to a certified instructor, or opt for more independent freefalls. Available only after several hours of training, these flights earn divers AFF licensing, requiring them to open their own parachute and land with radio assistance. Family and friends can watch their loved ones master the skies from a spacious viewing deck instead of having to find a sturdy enough cloud to climb upon. Divers can also watch themselves afterward via the center’s professionally-made flight DVDs, complete with video footage and photos.
Paulding Bowling Center pumps up arms with adrenaline-packed sessions of pin crushing while filling friends with camaraderie and delicious snack selections. Paulding's well-maintained alley works out hurling muscles with three games of ball-flinging experimentation, in which experts can hone their spins, amateurs can practice a straight shot, and beginners can daydream of a land without gutters.